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Wholly Genes Newsletter, 13 October 2005, Issue 2005-13

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Wholly Genes Newsletter

13 October 2005

Issue 2005, Number 13


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In this issue:


o Fall Sale - 15% or more off

o Two cruise cabins available

o Wholly Genes office closed Oct 14

o Did you know?

o TMG Companion Products

o R.I.P.

o Wholly Genes online chat

o How to reach us



=== Fall Sale ===================================


For a limited time, the following products are on sale on the Wholly Genes web store:



Getting Started and Intermediate

The easiest way to learn TMG! These DVDs let you learn at your own pace, jump to a specific topic, pause, rewind, etc. The first DVD in this set introduces you to basic concepts of TMG, terminology, navigation techniques, searching, and simple data entry and reports. The second bundled DVD explores importing data, the Project Explorer, Focus Groups, filtering, accents, Advanced Data Entry mode, witnesses, sources, and repositories. This sale price represents 26% off the regular price of $31.90 when DVDs are purchased separately.

See http://store.whollygenes.com/Detail.bok?no=113



Advanced and Expert

Become a TMG expert! The first DVD in this set explores many of TMG's more advanced features, including the custom toolbar, Automatic Relationship tag, custom flags, report options, and publication tools. The second bundled DVD will teach you about roles, sentences, source templates, citation output, as well as producing and editing wall charts. This sale price represents 26% off the regular price of $31.90 when DVDs are purchased separately.

See http://store.whollygenes.com/Detail.bok?no=109



Let GenSmarts help you to be a better researcher! GenSmarts will evaluate the data in your TMG project and suggest resources which you can consult to fill in missing data. GenSmarts explains its recommendation in detail and tells you exactly where to find the source material, including call numbers. In many cases, the material is available online and GenSmarts will take you to it with one click.

GenSmarts can be accessed directly from inside TMG v6 so it isn't necessary to export your data or even run another program. And when GenSmarts makes a recommendation, you can simply click to add it to TMG's Research Log (your "To Do" list).

This sale price represents 26% off the suggested retail price of $24.95.

See http://store.whollygenes.com/Detail.bok?no=36



This nifty wallet hangs around your neck and will let you carry all the necessary research supplies, including ID cards, photocopy card, parking ticket, car keys, credit cards, notepad, cash, etc. Great for trips to the library, courthouse, or conference. Leave your purse or briefcase in a secure location and keep your hands free while walking through the stacks.

See http://store.whollygenes.com/Detail.bok?no=106


Sale prices end 13 November 2005.



=== Two cruise cabins available =================


Due to late cancellations because of health problems, there are two double-occupancy cabins available on the 2005 Genealogy Conference and Cruise to the Western Caribbean, November 6-13, 2005. This event, hosted by Wholly Genes Software, will be attended by about 450 people and has been sold out for months -- so this is a rare opportunity to join in the fun.


The conference is highlighted by some of the most popular speakers on genealogical topics: Robert Charles Anderson, Dick Eastman, Tony Burroughs, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Marsha Rising. In addition, there will be a variety of presentations about The Master Genealogist by Bob Velke and other experts.


The cost of the available inside cabin is $1800.84 ($900.42 per person). The Ocean View cabin is $2099.79 ($1049.90 per person).

In both cases, the price includes the 7-day cruise, food, port fees and taxes, shipboard entertainment, and attendance to all conference lectures and group events. The price does not include travel to/from Tampa, alcohol, tips, or optional guided shore excursions.


For more information about the conference and cruise, please visit:



To claim one of the available rooms, please contact the cruise travel agent, Julie Atkins, at 800-377-9383 x269. Act quickly because they won't last long!



=== Wholly Genes office closed Oct 14th =========


The Wholly Genes office will be closed again tomorrow, October 14, as we complete the move to our new facility. Although the phone system will be disconnected for the move, our staff will continue to respond to email and forum messages as quickly as possible.


To post a message for Technical Support, please visit:




=== Did you know? ===============================


DID YOU KNOW that you can temporarily suppress the display of non-primary events on the Person View? Right-click on any tag label (i.e., the "Type" column) and choose "Filter for primary events." Repeat the procedure to clear the filter.


DID YOU KNOW that you can filter the Tag Box in order to limit the display to tags of a specific type? For instance, when you can see a list of occupations, residences, etc., that might otherwise be spread out over several pages of tags for the same person. Right-click on any tag label and choose "Filter for tags of this type." Repeat the procedure to clear the filter.


DID YOU KNOW that you can add custom flags to track any topic of interest to you? Default projects include seven flags (SEX, LIVING, BIRTHORDER, etc.) but you can create any others that you would like. Open the Flag window using the toolbar button or option on the Window menu. Then right-click on the window and choose "Customize flags."


DID YOU KNOW that you can use the Focus Group window to define a targeted list of people? You can then export a GEDCOM file, conduct a web search, or run a report in relation to the members of that Focus Group. Access the Focus Group window with the toolbar button or option on the Windows menu.


DID YOU KNOW that you can leave the Focus Group window open while navigating to each of the people in the group? Right-click on a name in the Focus Group window and choose "Change focus to this person." This is a handy way to manage a clean-up process for a specific list of people.


DID YOU KNOW that TMG can help you find data entry errors and illogical data (e.g., death after burial, children born to parents of unusual age, etc.)? The Audit Report is available from the Report menu and produces a list of such possible problems. The criteria for the search can be configured on the report's Options screen.


DID YOU KNOW that the Exhibit Log supports PDF files, RTF documents, Powerpoint presentations, and many other kinds of Windows file types? To link one of these external application files as an exhibit, right-click on an empty space in the Exhibit Log and choose Insert New Text > External File. On the Insert New Exhibit screen, under 'Files of type:', be sure to select 'All files (*.*)' so that the list includes file types other than TXT files. After attaching the exhibit, you can double-click on it in the log and TMG will run the associated host application and automatically open the file.


DID YOU KNOW that you can suppress the display of output file types that you don't use? Access the File menu and choose Preferences > Program Options > Reports. Then uncheck any file types that you don't use (e.g., WordStar, DisplayWrite, etc.) and they will no longer be offered as options when you select a report output file type.



=== TMG Companion Products ======================


Don't miss these helpful products that are specifically designed for TMG users like you:


"Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"

The popular book compiled by Lee Hoffman.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gettingthemost.htm


Video training for TMG on DVD

Getting Started, Intermediate, Advanced, or Expert

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/videotapes.htm


Second Site

Web site construction tools for your TMG data.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/secondsite.htm

Latest version=1.9 Build 2


Pocket Genealogist

The TMG companion program for Windows CE handheld users.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/pocketgen.htm

Latest version=2.95


GedStar PRO

The TMG companion program for PalmOS users.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gedstarpro.htm

Latest version=2.1



The research advisor that reads your TMG data directly.

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/gensmarts.htm

Latest version=


Chartform Delivery

An inexpensive chart printing service

See http://www.WhollyGenes.com/wallcharts.htm


For the full list of companion products, please visit the Wholly Genes Community forum (http://www.WhollyGenes.com/forums.htm) and click on "Companion Products."


The Wholly Genes web store also offers among the lowest prices you'll find for standard research works such as "Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian" (Elizabeth Shown Mills), "Producing a Quality Family History" (Patricia Law Hatcher), "The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual" (Board for Certification of Genealogists), and others. For the full selection, please visit:




=== R.I.P. =======================================


John Arthur "Fritz" Velke II

10 Sep 1930 - 30 Sep 2005

Rest in Peace


A recent newsletter article about John Cardinal's annual "donorware" fund-raising for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (http://www.whollygenes.com/forums201/index.php?showtopic=3990) mentioned my Dad's ongoing fight against prostate cancer. Dad lost that battle and died peacefully on September 30th with his family around him.


Thanks for the many notes of prayer and encouragement that I received in response to that article. And thanks especially to the many kind souls whose donations for cancer research were dedicated in Dad's name. Your concern and support were touching and very much appreciated.


- Bob Velke






=== Wholly Genes online chat =====================


The next online chat with Wholly Genes will be on Saturday, 22 October 2005, at 2pm EDT and again at 11pm Eastern Time. Don't miss this opportunity to "talk" online with Wholly Genes representatives, as well as with other TMG users around the world.


Remember that the Wholly Genes chat room is available to you at any time. Just go to http://www.WhollyGenes.com and click on Chat in the menu. When you see the security warning, click on or . Then be patient because it could take 30 seconds or more (especially on a dial-up connection) to load the necessary chat tools. When prompted, simply enter a chat nickname and then click on Connect. That's all there is to it. We hope to see you there!



==== How to reach us =============================


For tech support, please access the Wholly Genes Community message board at:


or write to:



Please be sure to note what version of the program you are using.


You can also reach us at:


Wholly Genes Software

9110 Red Branch Road, Suite "O"

Columbia, Maryland 21045


410-379-5424 (fax)


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